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Darius Hamilton chooses Rutgers



Florida lost out on a top recruit, but picked up another on Tuesday.

Darius Hamilton, the Don Bosco Prep senior star who was named the National Defensive Player of the Year, announced during a live TV show Tuesday night he would be staying close to home to attend Rutgers University. Hamilton, the son of former New York Giants All-Pro Keith Hamilton, had narrowed his choices to Florida, Miami, Cal and Rutgers.

But Skyler Mornhinweg, the Pennsylvania QB who had orally committed to Penn State in July, announced publicly on Tuesday that he plans to sign with Florida today. Mornhinweg, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound QB from St. Joseph’s Prep, is the son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg. He decided to commit to Florida after a visit to Gainesville last week, which was reported, but not confirmed by Mornhinweg. Mornhinweg informed Florida coach Will Muschamp during that time, but did not make it public out of respect for Joe Paterno’s family and the former Penn State coach’s funeral services.

“I really like Penn State, but I think Florida is the better fit for me,” Mornhinweg told the AP. “I’m really excited to start. I can’t wait. I also have to admit it is a relief. It’s good to have it all over with.”



[Last modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 8:34pm]


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